Martha's Vineyard, MA Steamer CITY OF COLUMBUS Wreck, Jan 1884

The steamer City of Columbus of the Boston & Savannah Steamship Line was wrecked on the Devil's Bridge reef off Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard on Friday morning, January 18. The ship had left Boston on Thursday afternoon for Savannah and other southern ports with 126 passengers and crew aboard. Only 23 persons were rescued, leaving 103 unaccounted for. When the ship struck, almost all of the passengers and most of the crew were below. Most of them rushed to the deck with little on but their night clothes but so sudden was the catastrophe and so short was the time between the striking of the steamer and the sinking that some of the women and children did not appear at all. The steamer's boats and life rafts were launched as soon as possible but were almost immediately swallowed up by the waves. Several passengers and crew members climbed the rigging and held on there until they could be rescued.

Among the passengers lost were: Mr. Nathaniel J. Morton of Boston, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Sprague Rand of Boston, Mr. & Mrs. Wright of Lynn, Mrs. Dwight B. Rich of Boston, Dr. & Mrs. Horace C. Bartlett of Lyndon, VT, Mr. & Mrs. Henry L. Batchelder of Dorchester, Mr. Oscar Iasigi of Boston, Rev. & Mrs. Charles A. Rand and daughter of Haverhill, Mr. & Mrs. Caleb Richardson of Everett, Mr. Frederick L. Hale of Boston, Mr. Andrew Cummings of Watertown, Mr. G. Fred Hammond of Hyde Park, Mrs. James H. Beal and daughter Inez of Mattapan, Mr. Henry L. Daniels and his mother, Rowenna L. Daniels of Lawrence, Mr. James A. Merrill of Boston, Mr. Joel Nourse of Boston, Miss L. Davis of Lynn, Mr. Frank A. May of Boston, Mr. Frederick M. Sargent of Merrimac, Mr. Helon Brooks of Northboro, Mr. Charles F. James of Everett, Mr. Charles F. Frost of Natick, Mr. John J. Hearer of Taunton, Mr. George H. Kellogg of Fitchburg, Mr. William C. Boardman of Hyde Park, Mrs. S. J. Pinkham of Dover, NH, Mrs. H. S. Kellogg of Boston, Mr. S. Vance of Londonderry, Nova Scotia, Capt. Levi Lawrence of Fitchburg, Mrs. Slade of Chelsea, Mr. Frank E. Giddings of Nashua, NH and Mr. William E. Wright of Nashua, NH.

Among the crew members lost were: Archibald Morrison, Chief Engineer, Hiram A. Phillips, First Assistant, Henry Collins, Second Assistant, William Murray, Third Assistant and Augustus Harding, Second Mate


NB Canada Paper: Date

NB Canada Paper:
Date February 2 1884
County Carleton
Place Woodstock
Newspaper Carleton Sentinel

Lost in steamer "City of Columbus" off Gay Head, Mass., Friday 18th Jan., Robert Bayard BELYEA, 54th year; also his wife, Mary Elizabeth BELYEA, 52nd year; their daughter, Alice Maud Mary ATKINSON, age 30, relict of John A. ATKINSON, also her only child, Wilmot Lester ATKINSON, age 8 years 2 mos.; also Richard Coburn MERRILL, age 5 years 2 mos., grandson of R.B. BELYEA and only s/o Ivan E. MERRILL and late Antoinette L. MERRILL of Skowhegan, Maine